Recalling the incident, which occurred forward of the fourth ODI in Gwalior in November, Uthappa stated that Akhtar met him throughout dinner on the eve of the match.
“I bear in mind all of us had been having dinner collectively. Shoaib bhai was there as effectively. He got here to me and stated ‘Robin, effectively performed (within the first ODI in Guwahati). Good sport’. After which he stated, ‘another factor: you walked out and hit me. For those who do this once more, even I do not know what’s going to occur. You would possibly get a beamer directed at your head’. After that, I did not even dare stroll out to him,” Uthappa informed YouTube channel ‘Wake Up With Sorabh’.
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Uthappa recollected the sequence of occasions that led Akhtar to subject the warning.
“We had been enjoying a sport in Guwahati. And because it’s within the east of India, it will get darkish there early. Again then, we didn’t have two new balls (for ODIs). After 34 overs, we used to get a ball that was once 24 overs outdated however barely higher,” he stated.
As India closed in on a win, Uthappa and Irfan Pathan had been on the crease. “Shoaib was bowling and Irfan and I had been batting. I believe we wanted 12 to win off 25 balls or one thing like that. I bear in mind he (Akhtar) bowled a yorker to me. I missed it from the arm and solely noticed it coming straight into the blockhole,” stated Uthappa.
“I ended the ball lifeless there. That was 154 (kmph) one thing. The subsequent ball was a low full toss and I hit the ball for 4. So, after that, we wanted three or 4 runs to win and I informed myself, ‘Man, I’ve to stroll out to Shoaib Akhtar and hit him. What number of occasions will I get that chance’.
“He bowled a size ball and I did it; it took the sting and it went for 4. We gained the match,” Uthappa stated.
India gained the ODI sequence 3-2.